Returning USM Students, Faculty, and Staff Tested for COVID-19 After Winter Break

University School of Milwaukee once again partnered with Novir to offer both rapid antigen and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 tests at no cost to USM faculty, staff, and students returning to campus following winter break. The tests were conducted on Jan. 4 and 5. All faculty, staff, and students who wished to return to campus were required to submit a negative test to the school ahead of their return, unless they had tested positive within the previous three months.

This is the second time USM held school-wide testing, the first being after Thanksgiving break. The testing is designed to identify those individuals who might be asymptomatic carriers of the COVID-19 virus. USM worked closely with Dr. Kevin Dahlman ’92 and Peter Klug ’93 to develop its testing solution. Dahlman is the medical director for Aurora Children’s Health and the pediatrics department lead – primary care service line for Advocate Aurora Health, and Klug is director of channel development with Novir.

School officials recently began offering on-campus COVID-19 testing to other community members, including all USM students (and their families), alumni and parents of alumni (and their families), and USM employees (and their families). This testing is also being conducted by Novir. For more information about the testing site, including hours and cost of testing, visit https://blog.usmk12.org/campustestingsite/.  

About Novir

Novir is committed to providing solutions to infectious diseases with reliable simple, rapid and cost-efficient products addressing significant healthcare and community challenges. The company’s focus on quality and clinical relevance stems from a group with combined global experience in healthcare of 80+ years solving healthcare problems every day. The company provides a programmatic approach to solving for infectious disease problems, by partnering with high-quality organizations delivering complete solutions working closely with its customers in government, healthcare, and employers.

Novir came about in a response to the COVID-19 epidemic and its effects on communities and people struggling to find basic reliable inexpensive solutions to testing, and for that reason assembled its network and expertise to support the crisis at hand and struck valuable initial partnerships with other groups such as Noviral in Sweden and Assurance laboratories in Wisconsin. Novir is equipped to address immediate issues with testing capacities and has the vision to become the preferred local choice in providing testing solutions with quality and reliability.
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